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The Abyss

The Abyss

A Feature film by André Delvaux

Produced by La Nouvelle Imagerie

Release in France : 13/05/1988

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La Nouvelle Imagerie

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mk2, Diaphana Films

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In the sixteenth century, Spain occupies Flanders, an Inquisition enforces the faith. Aging writer and philosopher, Zénon Ligre, comes to Bruges using a false name and papers to serve as a physician to the poor, establishing a clinic and steam bath. His methods and opinions are outside the mainstream, but he has the protection and friendship of the local Prior. Zénon, an aristocrat with a degree in canon law, lives humbly. He learns of bacchanals under Masonic signs involving monks and women, and he warns those involved. The Prior is dying, and he urges Zénon to flee to England. Zénon burns his writing. Will he leave or will he face ecclesiastical accusers and, perhaps, the stake?

Full credits (13)

Executive Producers :

Jean-Claude Batz, Philippe Dussart, Jean Rouilly

Screenwriters :

André Delvaux, Marguerite Yourcenar

Sound recordists :

Henri Morelle, Antoine Bonfanti

Assistant Editor :

Jean-Pierre Besnard

Production Designers :

Françoise Hardy, Claude Pignot

Foley artist :

Daniel Couteau

Sound mixers :

Jean-Paul Loublier, Miguel Rejas

Author of original work :

Marguerite Yourcenar

Director of Photography :

Charlie Van Damme

Editors :

Albert Jurgenson, Nadine Muse

Continuity supervisor :

Jacqueline Gamard

Music Composer :

Frédéric Devreese

Costume designer :

Agnès Evein

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Feature film

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France, Belgium

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1 h 57 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections

Cannes International Film Festival - 1988

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1988)


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